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This page provides information about stress, and where you can get advice and support.

Overview of stress

  • Stress is our body’s response to pressure, new situations or experiences and unexpected life events. 
  • Stress also occurs when we feel threatened or feel like we no control over a situation.
  • Stress is not a bad thing as when we encounter stress, our body produces  hormones that trigger our fight or flight response which helps us respond quickly to dangerous situations.
  • Signs of stress can be: feeling anxious, afraid, angry or aggressive, sad, irritable, frustrated, depressed.
  • It can cause physical symptoms such as muscle tension, chest pain, light-headedness, and headaches.
  • Stress is part of everyday life so we have to learn ways to reduce our stress like taking regular breaks, keeping active, and trying relaxation techniques or meditation.

Watch the video below titled 'How Stress Affects Our Body and Mind'. It gives a good explaination about our 'Stress bucket'.

Click the drop down boxes below which will navigate you to further information and where to get support.

I am an adult looking for support

How to find support:

Speak to someone you trust

  • You may find it helpful to talk to your partner, a relative or a friend about your problems. If this is not possible, talk to someone else you can trust, like a faith leader or a tutor, or try a helpline

Look for a safe online community that offers peer to peer support

Speak to your GP

Speak to the NHS Wellbeing Service

  • If you are aged 16 or over and live in Suffolk, the NHS Wellbeing Service are here to help. They have a range of free support including one-to-one therapy and online workshops to help you manage and cope with feelings of stress, anxiety, depression and low mood, to improve your wellbeing and quality of life.  For further information, view the full range of free online workshops or self-refer for support, visit wellbeingnands.co.uk
  • Or call 0300 123 1503 (8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday)

Speak to Suffolk Mind

Speak to the Samaritans who offer free emotional support 24 hours a day - in full confidence.

  • Call 116 123 

Find other support from this list of Stress Organisations and Local Support Services

I am a parents/carer looking for support

How to find support:

Please go to our 'Stress in Children and Young People' advice page.

If you are a parent/carer who lives in Lowestoft or Waveney, you can find support from the Just One Norfolk website

I am a young person looking for support

How to find support:


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